Professor Emma Tompkins

Emma Tompkins is a Professor of Geography, Environment and Development, within the School of Geography and Environmental Sciences at the University of Southampton. She has over 30 years’ work experience on environmental decision making at multiple scales, and 17 years’ research on human behavioural and institutional adaptation to the impacts of weather hazards, climate variability and change. She has experience of working in partnership with large consortia and has published on a range of topics including: integrated coastal zone management, UK flood risk management, tropical agricultural adaptation to floods; individual behaviours and environmental risk; climate resilience in hazard prone areas; and adaptation to environmental change in small islands. She has been working on sargassum issues in the tropical Atlantic since 2018. Emma is the Principal Investigator of the SARTRAC project which aims to investigate opportunities for transformational adaptation from the massive sargassum seaweed landings that have occurred since 2011. Her role in SARTRAC is to lead the consortium, and to embed and develop, core themes of equitable resilience, and transformational adaptation.